I'm looking for a good paste wax to use on my cast-iron
table saw top. I found a thread from a couple years ago
that said that Johnson's paste wax was the best, but is
no longer manufactured. A specialty product called TopCote
works but is expensive.
I started to buy some Turtle Wax today but stopped because
the directions said to apply it with a wet rag (rust hazard).
Anybody have a recommendation for a good, readily
available wax for this purpose?
That's what I use. I first use an automotive type buffer and Dupont buffing
compound to clean it up. I then apply several coats of the wax buffing out
each coat. Rob Mills ~
PS, I didn't use the buffing compound on my new saw.
A better to reason to not use a car polish is that it may contain silicone
and you don't want that in your shop.
You can still buy JPW here at the BORG.
Try TopCote ... it is more expensive, but works better and lasts longer.
Available at just about any woodworking supply store: Rockler, WoodCraft,
Cutting Edge,. Porter Cable stores, and many places that supply cabinet
parts and hardware to the trades.
I have been very disappointed in TopCote. Minwax paste wax works better for
me. TopCote is very expensive. Maybe I'm not applying right. But I find
Minwax works better and lasts longer. What am I doing wrong?
Funny. That is the exact opposite of my experience. I was using paste wax but was
disappointed and was constantly applying more
wax. Now that I am using TopCote, the treatments are few and far between.
I have to admit that I tried TopCote for the first time, here in FL,
and I'm having problems with it as well. First I applied a coat and
wiped off...found rust the next day. Tried again with the same
results. Posted a message here and got a suggestion to put it on but
not wipe it off. Tried that, too. After applying two coats & not
wiping off, was working near the saw, and a couple of drops of sweat
fell on the table top. I figured it should be fine, but 20 mins later
when I looked back, the drops of sweat had rusted the table.
Went back to Johnson's paste wax I had a bought a couple of months
ago. Put on a liberal coat and left it (unbuffed). As of now (a week
later, and a couple of projects later) no rust. I did have a small
issue with the first couple of boards sticking a little bit, so I
guess I should have buffed it out, but when I was using the unbuffed
TopCote, I found that it made the top VERY sticky.
Just my experience, and I assume that I'm doing something wrong with
the product because of all the people here that rave about it, but I
guess it's just too high-tech for me ;-)
While nothing is perfect, salt water is pretty corrosive. I am not sure
anything is going to protect against standing salt water. I believe that
most of the protective products are more aimed at constant humid conditions
that cause large areas of rust.
Actually, I did. It wound up sitting on the table for about 10-15
mins before I cleaned it off (I just wanted to see what would happen),
and I didn't see any rust under drops when I wiped it off.
Did you clean the top completely before you applied
the TopCote ??? I live on a salt creek and 3 miles
from the ocean and Topcote works fine on all my tools.
Johnson's paste wax left unbuffed is going to be a
William Wilson wrote:
Not sure exactly how the top should be cleaned (VERY new at this).
After unpacking the saw, I wiped it down about 3-4 times with
kerosene, wiped it a couple of times with with clean paper towels,
then applied the TopCote. Like I said before, with all the positive
feedback on the product, I'm pretty sure it's me, not the product.
As for not buffing the wax, yep, I found that out. I tried buffing it
after I saw the mess, but that did no good, so I took a scrap of stock
and ran it across the surface for a few mins. Smoothed out the
finish, and it seems to be working well...no rust, nice slick top.
When it comes time to reapply, I'll definately remember to buff!!!
Oh well, I guess this is part of the fun...trying something that you
THINK will work, then going back and doing it correctly!! ;-) Maybe
next time I should just LISTEN to the sage advice offered here!!
While TopCote looks expensive, I have only used 3 cans of it since 1989. I
live in humid Houston so it does get tested. Keep in mind to put on at
least 2 liberally heavy coats to start and as time goes by you can use it
less and less. Now I use it to simply slick up the surface, which is what
it was originally intended for. I discovered that it also kept the rest
away. And, it is simple to use. Spray it on, wipe it off if you want. I
never wipe it off any more.
I've seen it at Walmart in two different states, too.
Check the floor polish/mop area in grocery stores as well.
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